# How to Teach Mathmaker Lesson 1: Ninjas vs Medusa

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Introduce the rules and narrative to students.

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Divide class into two groups. Explain that half will play now while the other half observes and then groups will switch.

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Observing group should be instructed to think about what makes this game fun.

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A floor plan of what the game will look like at the beginning.

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Play Ninjas vs. Medusa

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As the game continues, players will become more scattered across the space.

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Gameplay continued. Pay attention to student strategy. Here a student throws the stuffed animal.

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Players may develop a number of strategies and use them in conjunction to reach the goal.

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Student strategy: Decoy (pretending to have the NumNum).

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Student strategy: Huddling together to hide the NumNum.

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Student strategy: Hiding the NumNum with a hug.

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Student strategy: Covering Medusa's eyes Note: Your students may use different strategies depending on such factors as age and game space.

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After a few games switch the players and the observers.

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Head to the classroom for the debrief.

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Put up the first slide. Focus on why students thought the game was or wasn't fun.

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Facilitate discussion on what made Ninja Vs. Medusa fun and what makes all games fun.

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Ask students about their strategies for winning and whether they could think of any more.

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Go to the next slide. Ask students whether or not all games have rules.

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Facilitate discussion on rules in games.

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Ask students: what else do all games have? Go to the next slide where you will write out student responses to this question.

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Facilitate discussion on the other components of games.

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Write student answers on the board.

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Facilitated discussion continued.

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Deconstruction of components of a game filled out.

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Introduce standard game design language.

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Finish up discussion by focusing on the concept of 'ramping' and the importance of competitive balance in games.

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Tell students that this deconstruction will help students create their own games in the future. Assign first homework assignment.

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 1 'NumNum': mid-sized stuffed animal, toy, or ball A group of students 1 Teacher/ facilitator Optional crazy wig for Medusa
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